Kuwait, with a population nearly identical to that of Chicago, is nestled in one of the most ancient and contested corners of the world. Kuwait operates much like a city-state, the burgeoning capital and desert oasis of Kuwait City responsible for reconstructing the country’s image and economy after the Gulf War. With colorful outdoor souks, shopping centers, and excellent museums, the city offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Before the discovery of oil, pearl fishing, known as ghaus
, was the country’s main source of revenue- giving the country a rich maritime history, one which is worth exploring on a weekend jaunt to the seaside.